Friday, September 27, 2013

Pollution incident in the Auldearn Burn - A large number of fish killed

On Wednesday regular readers informed us of a pollution incident in the Auldearn Burn on Tuesday. This morning SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) issued a statement to the Gurn.  Many Gurnites will know that the Auldearn Burn contains salmon parr and is thus a very sensitive area.  A spokesperson said:

"“SEPA was informed of a pollution incident in the Auldearn Burn near Nairn on Tuesday 24 September, which resulted in a large number of fish being killed. SEPA immediately attended the incident, and while the investigation is still ongoing, the source of the pollution was located and SEPA officers are satisfied that the environmental impact on the burn has been removed.”

The spokesperson went on to give details of how members of the public can report pollution incidents:

“We would like to take this opportunity to thanks those people who contacted us to report the incident. We strongly encourage anyone who is concerned about a potential pollution incident to contact SEPA as soon as possible, giving us as many details as they can. Getting details quickly will mean we can begin investigations early and take effective action as necessary. You can contact SEPA’s 24 hour report line on 0800 80 70 60. All contact can be treated as confidential.”
The Auldearn Burn just after it emerges from going under the Grantown Road.

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